The Interactive Astronomy Textbook

Fluke, Christopher, J. and Barnes, D. G. (2008) The Interactive Astronomy Textbook. Astronomy Education Review, 7 (1). ISSN 15391515

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Abstract

We introduce the use of in situ interactive three-dimensional (3-d) figures in digital astronomy textbooks as a means of enhancing student learning. The recent 3-d extensions to the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), combined with simple JavaScript, provide new ways to present intrinsically 3-d models, data sets, and instructional diagrams in digital publications. This is an enhancement to the usual method of presenting static, two-dimensional views, or “comic strip” sequences, to indicate changes in viewpoint. Interactive figures provide opportunities for students to undertake active learning while reading a textbook: they are able to explore and uncover the connections between viewpoint, orientation, and the 3-d nature of models and data sets for themselves.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
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Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2017 12:38
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2017 12:38
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1112

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